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About Play Mart
Play Mart is a woman-owned / family-owned small business manufacturing recycled playground equipment in rural Somerset, Kentucky, providing jobs in our local community while offering "green" products on national and international levels. Our products are 100% made in the USA, and manufactured primarily from 100% recycled materials, averaging 85% recycled content per structure, by weight.
Celebrating 30 Years of Creative & Safe Play!
Play Mart has been manufacturing high-quality playgrounds and site amenities since 1981! We have learned a lot over the last 30 years about building confidence through our commitment to quality and standing behind our products.
We take our responsibility as a playground equipment manufacturer very seriously, realizing the importance of safety above all else. That's why we make sure that we adhere to all safety guidelines and IPEMA product testing.
Playground equipment must meet stringent design and manufacturing requirements to ensure that children will be safe while playing. Play Mart designs all products according to ASTM F1487 standards, CAN/CSA Z614 standards, CPSC Guidelines, and ADA Accessibility Guidelines.
In the interest of playground safety, the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) provides a Third Party Certification Service whereby a designated independent laboratory, TÜV SÜD America Inc., (TÜV), validates an equipment manufacturer’s certification of conformance to ASTM F1487, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use, except sections 7.1.1, 10 and 12.6.1; to CAN/CSA Z614, Children’s Playspaces and Equipment, except clauses 9.8, 10 & 11; or both. Play Mart has products validated for conformance to ASTM F1487, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use by IPEMA’s Third Party Certification Service. Visit www.ipema.org to verify product certification on our playground equipment.
A large part of safety hazards originate with the surfacing beneath the play equipment. For that reason, we only suggest or offer surfaces that comply with the current CPSC recommendations, current ASTM F1951 Standard for ADA accessible surface material and the current ASTM 1292 Standard for impact attenuation.
ADA Accessibility Guidelines: At Play Mart, we endeavor to make our play areas inviting and friendly community environments to people of all abilities. Towards that end, we have designed our playsets to provide access to play components by transfer stations, ramps, and accessible surfacing routes according to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). We have also designed play components specifically for wheelchair bound children, such as our ADA Driving Panel & Talk Tube Combo (at right). Read more about Play Mart and ADA Accessibility.
As one of the few companies in America that is owned and operated by a Registered Landscape Architect, we can guarantee our designs meet the latest safety standards as well as being a creative masterpiece. Dennis Beach, co-owner of Play Mart, is a registered Landscape Architect with the state of Kentucky - ASLA #506. Dennis oversees all product development, customer equipment designs, and master site plans.
GSA Contract: GS-07F-0206L: As GSA Schedule Contractor, Play Mart's products are available for direct sale to all government agencies at a 10% discount. Bidding is not required on budgets under $25,000. Contact our dedicated government sales department here.
Head Start Body Start Preferred Provider: Play Mart, Inc. is a proud 2010 Head Start Body Start Preferred Provider whose purpose is to support physically active and healthy lifestyles among Head Start programs nationwide.
THE PRODUCT: To maintain a high level of integrity, dependability and quality while producing a world class product at affordable prices to the consumer. To provide children the opportunity of experiencing a safe, environmentally friendly, and creative place in which toplay and grow.
THE EMPLOYEE AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: To work together with our employees to create a safe, environmentally friendly and creative place in which each person has freedom to use his or her God-given gifts and abilities.
THE INCREASE: To use the increase to reinvest in Play Mart’s growth, to improve the quality of the lives of all employees, and to use a portion of the increase to advance God’s kingdom around the world.
At Play Mart, our green-ness is more than skin-deep. Yes, our playground equipment is made from recycled materials. Our mission encompasses providing environmentally friendly products for the consumer, but beyond that, and more importantly, Play Mart provides a healthy work environment for all employees and holds firmly to principles of corporate integrity - ethically, socially and environmentally.
Majority stock-holder, Rebecca Beach operates as Play Mart, Inc.'s Chief Financial Officer, Board of Directors Vice-President, and company owner. Her passion for child development, nature and health impact not only the vision of Play Mart, but also the lives of Play Mart employees and her family. Employees benefit from her knowledge of healthy lifestyle habits through personal advice as well as regular company-wide educational handouts. Years of experience in the educational field give her extensive knowledge of child development. Rebecca and Dennis met while working at the (then named) Game, Fish and Parks Department in Denver, Colorado in 1971. This genuine "flower-children"-turned-entrepreneur couple's congenital respect for nature, and its Creator, finds partial expression through manufacturing a product with minimal impact on the environment. Weekends find them exploring Kentucky's vast natural beauty or getting dirt under their nails nurturing their own green, flowering landscapes.
Years ago, Dennis and Rebecca Beach slept on a pull-out couch while their five children bunked in "cozy" quarters elsewhere in their two-bedroom trailer. The rolling hills and creeks of Woodstock, Kentucky had become home to the Beach family after migrating from zero-population growth Boulder, Colorado in 1978. Dennis's Landscape Architect degree and construction experience afforded him opportunities in a variety of carpentry odd-jobs. When a local PTA requested he build a playground, he undertook the project with characteristic energy and innovation. 31 years later, five out of the seven Beach family members manage the day-to-day operations of the company. All seven remain active board members, directing the mission, vision and heart of this unique, family-owned and operated company. Read the full bio here: (pdf) (html).
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